"March Madness" hit MPEF this spring, as we awarded Brain Strong Instruction Awards to a "Sweet 16" group of Mattawan teachers. Thanks to these awards, totaling almost $12,000, great things will happen in our classrooms!
High School Recipients
Matt McNulty's high school Strength and Conditioning Classes will be able to use new Brower Timing Systems electronic equipment to obtain the highest level of accuracy in the physical tests in his training classes. Accurate, consistent testing of skills is possibly the most important factor in evaluating the programs' efficacy and appropriateness.
Kendal Pestun will be using breakout learning with her Tier II 10th grade English classes using new iPads to help students in small breakout groups with testing, remediating areas of need and giving students with less technology experience an opportunity to improve technology skills.
Erica Flynn and Denise Brill will be using Language and Cultural Immersion through technology by utilizing a website called YABLA for their high school students, which provides a language laden, blended learning environment for students. (YABLA has already been very successful in enhancing learning in our high school Spanish classes.)
A new 3D Doodler will be available for learning in Jarrod DeGroff's 9-12th grade drafting classes. This tool will allow students to take their 3D models from the digital world inside their computers to the physical world.
Middle School Recipients
Sixth through eighth graders in Kevin Hamman's art classes will be able to use new drawing boards outside of the classroom for perspective drawing and varied outdoor projects including landscapes and still life painting.
Gaining Performer Experience: Kelsey Smith's 6th, 7th and 8th grade choir students will benefit from working with visiting clinicians and performers to enhance their musical experience in the Middle School.
Calculating the Future is a project designed for Angie Anderson's Middle School Math students to provide math instruction for students with cognitive impairments that do not have a math curriculum.
Kevin Dykema's 8th grade math students will utilize mathalicious.com, a website for Middle School students with many wonderful real-life uses of math, helping students to see why it is important to learn the math that we teach.
Cooking show podcasts will be created by Middle School students using new microphone and headphone units, in Melinda Boydston's technology literacy classrooms. The microphones will not only help these students be creative and innovative with their recordings, but be used by students in other grade levels working on videos.
Brian Newman's grant will allow all 8th grade science classes to benefit from an ActiveSlate in their classroom. ActiveSlates are an interactive whiteboard that communicate with Active Inspire software to assist students in learning new challenging concepts.
Later Elementary School Recipients
Reading all year long! Little Free Libraries: The Later El School Improvement Team will be building a "Little Free Library"(similar to a large mailbox) and placing it in a Mattawan neighborhood for student use during the summer.
Fifth graders in Patricia O'Strander's school family will be using a new Webcam to video chat, creating multiple learning opportunities for supervised collaboration outside of the Mattawan community.
Littlebits of FUN will be utilized in Jason Osborn's technology classes using stop motion technology to create "How To" videos to share their original designs and ideas across grade levels. The project combines the goals of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and the Maker Movement. Student will communicate and collaborate with other students to achieve a goal -- becoming makers (designers) instead of just consumers of ideas. Students will apply new knowledge, while connecting math, engineering, critical/design thinking, fabrication, and other learning.
Matt Karsten's 4th grade students will be using Skype for Education to further their communication and geography skills in a safe, teacher-led environment by interacting with authors, explorers, or others, which connects our curriculum to real-world events.
Jenn Omo's Spark to Reality grant following the STEAM learning model, will be using Maker Movement "makey makey" units to guide her 3rd grade students in using conductivity, electrical circuits and computer programming as well as taking an idea from spark to reality through planning and problem solving.
Early Elementary School Recipients
Rainbow-colored pinnies and a digital timer will be used in Sydney Kilmartin's K-2 physical education classrooms to implement colorful classroom management procedures.